Library Acquires Papers of Classical Soprano Jessye Norman
World renowned opera singer and recitalist Jessye Norman has donated thousands of items documenting her illustrious 50-year career to the Library of Congress. The acquisition was announced on Thursday evening during a conversation with the celebrated soprano in the Coolidge Auditorium before an enthusiastic crowd. The audience listened to Norman discuss her decades-long career, her role as a trailblazer in classical music and her...
May 16, 2019
Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction to be Awarded to Richard Ford
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today that Richard Ford, author of “Independence Day” – the first novel to win both the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award – will receive the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction during the 2019 Library of Congress National Book Festival on Aug. 31.“He has been called our Babe Ruth of novelists, and there is good reason...
May 15, 2019
News Dispatches from The Associated Press from 1915 to 1930 Now Online
Historical news reports and breaking news bulletins published by the Washington bureau of The Associated Press from 1915 to 1930, documenting a full chronology of world and national events, have been digitized and are now available online from the Library of Congress.The collection includes news dispatches from key moments in history, from the sinking of the Lusitania ocean liner in 1915, drawing the U.S....
Veterans History Project Connects D-Day Journeys in Interactive Online Experience for 75th Anniversary
In commemoration of the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the Allied invasion of Normandy during World War II, the Veterans History Project (VHP) at the Library of Congress today launched an interactive online experience that features unique journeys of veterans who were part of the invasion.The digital efforts include an interactive Story Map, “D-Day Journeys: Personal Geographies of D-Day,” and a new online website feature,...
May 10, 2019
Library of Congress Honors Pennsylvania and Virginia Libraries for Service to Blind Readers
The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) at the Library of Congress will honor two of its cooperating libraries for their outstanding service to readers who are visually or physically disabled.The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (CLP-LBPH) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, will receive the Regional Library of the Year Award, while the Staunton Talking Book...
May 9, 2019
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to Join Leading Authors at 2019 National Book Festival
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be among the featured speakers at the 2019 Library of Congress National Book Festival, along with dozens of best-selling authors, novelists, historians, poets and children’s writers, the Library announced today. This year’s festival will be held Saturday, Aug. 31, from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.Ginsburg will...
May 6, 2019
Centuries of Rare Chinese Books Now Online at the Library of Congress
In celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage month, the Library of Congress has digitized and made available online 1,000 Chinese rare books produced before 1796. The Chinese Rare Book Digital Collection includes the most valuable titles and editions housed in the Library’s Asian Division, some of which date as far back as the 10th century and are the only extant copies in the world.This...
"Crazy Rich Asians" Author at the Library of Congress
The Library of Congress will present a conversation with Singaporean American novelist and changemaker Kevin Kwan, known for his satirical novels “Crazy Rich Asians,” “China Rich Girlfriend” and “Rich People Problems,” who seeks to introduce contemporary Asian culture to an American audience. This event is presented as part of the Library’s Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month programming. Kwan will discuss the success of his best...
April 29, 2019
Library of Congress Recognizes Federal Library Community Change Makers
The Library of Congress has announced the winners of the Federal Library and Information Network (FEDLINK) national awards for federal librarianship, which recognize the many innovative ways that federal libraries, librarians and library technicians fulfill the information demands of the government, business and scholarly communities and the American public.FEDLINK will honor the 2019 award winners at an event on May 7, 2019, at the...
April 29, 2019
Classic Works of Children's Books Published More Than 100 Years Ago Now Online at the Library of Congress
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Children’s Book Week (April 29 to May 5), today the Library of Congress launched a unique online collection of 67 historically significant children’s books published more than 100 years ago. Drawn from the Library’s collection, Children’s Book Selections are digital versions both of classic works still read by children today and of lesser-known treasures. Additionally, today, DC-area...
April 26, 2019
Summer Is Coming: "Travel Around the World" Exploring Culture And Science through Library Events
This summer, the Library of Congress will bring you a host of events on a variety of topics. Concerts, lectures, film screenings, symposiums and special events all fill the public events calendar. Events will take place in the Thomas Jefferson Building (10 First Street S.E., Washington, D.C. 20540) or the James Madison Memorial Building (101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. 20540). Please note that...
April 19, 2019
"Jioni wa Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o" (An Evening with Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o)
Award-winning author Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o presents his recently released publication titled, “Minutes of Glory And Other Stories” at the Library of Congress.Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o will give a public reading of his 34th publication on Thursday, May 9, at 7 p.m. in the historic Coolidge Auditorium in the Thomas Jefferson Building in Washington, D.C. Pre-event reception begins at 6 p.m. The event is free, but...
2019 Earth and Space Science Talks
This month, the Library of Congress will kick off the annual Earth and Space Science lecture series, now in its fourteenth year. The series is presented in partnership with the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and the Science, Technology, and Business Division at the Library of Congress.The first lecture of the series will be held on Tuesday, April 30and will celebrate the 50 year...
April 12, 2019
Celebrate World IP Day 2019 with the Copyright Office
The U.S. Copyright Office will celebrate World Intellectual Property Day with special events on April 25 and 27. This year’s theme, as announced by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), is “Reach for Gold: IP and Sports.”The first program will explore the unique and sometimes surprising relationship between sports and copyright on Thursday, April 25, 2019, at 2 p.m. eastern time in the historic...
April 10, 2019
Kluge Center Hosts Events on "Earthrise" Photo, Ancient Maya Warfare
The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress invites the public to attend two events hosted by its renowned scholars in residence in April. Both events will be held in the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C. The events are free and open to the public however, tickets are suggested and are available on Eventbrite.Tuesday, April 23, 4...
April 3, 2019
Jefferson Building Closed April 9
On Tuesday, April 9, the Great Hall, all exhibitions and the Library Shop in the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress will be closed for a special event.Additionally, the West Main doors, West Basement (Carriage) doors, Capitol Visitors Center tunnel, and the West Front Drive parking lot will be closed to all staff, researchers, and the general public. Researchers with Library-issued credentials...
April 1, 2019
1,000 Years of Literary Tradition in Rare Persian-Language Manuscripts Now Online at Library of Congress
In celebration of the Persian New Year, also known as Nowruz, the Library of Congress has digitized and made available online for the first time the Rare Persian-Language Manuscript Collection, which sheds light on scientific, religious, philosophical and literary topics that are highly valued in the Persian speaking lands.This collection, including 150 manuscripts with some dating back to the 13th century, also reflects the...
March 27, 2019
Swann Foundation Fellow to Discuss Emergence of the Comic Strip in the 19th Century, April 9
Swann Foundation Fellow Joshua Abraham Kopin will give an illustrated lecture at the Library of Congress discussing the cultural and technological contexts surrounding the rise of the comic strip in late nineteenth century America. Kopin will present “Comics in Nineteenth Century Time and Space” at noon on Tuesday, April 9, West Dining Room on the sixth floor of the Library’s James Madison Building, 101...
March 27, 2019
Librarian of Congress Appoints Karyn Temple Register of Copyrights
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today announced her selection of Karyn A. Temple as the Register of Copyrights. Temple has been Acting Register of Copyrights since Oct. 21, 2016.“I am pleased to announce that Karyn Temple will serve as the 13th United States Register of Copyrights,” Hayden said. “Karyn has done a superb job as Acting Register for the last two and a half...
March 21, 2019
Library Acquires Trove of Letters from Georgia O'Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz
The Library of Congress has acquired a trove of letters from American artist Georgia O’Keeffe and her husband, the photographer and art promoter Alfred Stieglitz, shedding new light on art history as the correspondence is being made available to the public for the first time.The collection is a set of mostly handwritten letters dating from 1929 to 1947, totaling 157 items. O’Keeffe and Stieglitz...
March 20, 2019
New National Recording Registry Class Is "Superfly"
The classic radio western “Gunsmoke”; Ritchie Valens’ groundbreaking 1958 sensation “La Bamba”; Sam & Dave’s 1967 hit single “Soul Man”; the revolutionary 1968 Broadway musical “Hair”; and Neil Diamond’s 1969 “Sweet Caroline,” which became a popular sports anthem, are the newest recordings inducted into the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress. Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today named these and 20 other...
March 18, 2019
Archival Materials of Suffragist Carrie Chapman Catt Now Online
The papers of suffragist and political strategist Carrie Chapman Catt, including her time as president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, have been digitized and are now available online for the first time from the Library of Congress.The collection includes about 9,500 items dating primarily from 1890 to 1920 as Catt helped lead the fight for a federal suffrage amendment. The Catt Papers...
Library of Congress Announces 2019 Homegrown Concert Series
The American Folklife Center (AFC) at the Library of Congress will bring traditional music and dance drawn from communities across and beyond the United States to the Library’s Coolidge Auditorium stage for mid-day cultural concerts throughout the summer.The “Homegrown: The Music of America” concert series is presented by AFC in cooperation with the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival and the Folklore...
March 13, 2019
Emilio y Gloria Estefan hacen historia en concierto homenaje del Premio Gershwin
Los magnates de la música, Emilio y Gloria Estefan, serán reconocidos con el Premio Gershwin a la Canción Popular de la Biblioteca del Congreso de Estados Unidos en un concierto homenaje por los mejores artistas de la nación en la capital el miércoles, 13 de marzo en la noche. Otorgado en reconocimiento del legendario equipo de composición, George e Ira Gershwin, el Premio Gershwin...
March 13, 2019
Global Superstars Emilio and Gloria Estefan Honored in Star-Studded Gershwin Prize Tribute
Celebrated international superstars Emilio and Gloria Estefan, the 2019 recipients of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, will be applauded and serenaded by some of the nation’s top artists at an all-star celebration in the nation’s capital Wednesday evening, March 13. The extraordinary roster of performers will honor the Estefens and their Cuban-infused sound at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C.The...
March 12, 2019
Library of Congress Appoints New Associate Librarian for Library Services
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden has appointed Robin L. Dale to the position of Associate Librarian for Library Services effective April 1, 2019. An accomplished, innovative and service-oriented administrator, Dale brings 25 years of experience to her new role. Dale has been a strong advocate for libraries and has expertise in library technologies, digital library service development, collection access management and preservation, library space...
March 8, 2019
Library of Congress and Rutgers University Press Announce New Cooperative Publication
Celebrating International Women’s Day and the upcoming centennial celebration of the 19th Amendment guaranteeing women’s right to vote, Rutgers University Press announced today the publication of “Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote,” in association with the Library of Congress.The book is the official illustrated companion to the Library of Congress exhibition of the same name and will be published June 4...
March 7, 2019
Library of Congress Opens Applications for Teacher-in-Residence
The Library of Congress is seeking applications from current civics teachers for a Teacher-in-Residence position within its Learning and Innovation Office during the 2019-20 school year.The program description and application details for the position can be found at loc.gov/teachers/newsevents/teacher-in-residence/index.html. Applications are due on Monday, April 8, 2019.The Learning and Innovation team develops and delivers teaching materials and programs to make the Library’s unparalleled collections...
March 5, 2019
Library of Congress Announces $1.5 Million to Enhance Teaching with Primary Sources
The Library of Congress today announced that up to $1.5 million will be provided to one or more organizations to support the development of curricula, instructional materials and apps/online interactives featuring Library of Congress online resources.The application deadline is April 22, 2019. For more information about the application requirements and selection criteria, see the “Notice of Funds Availability” at loc.gov/teachers/newsevents/.The selected organizations will work...
Law Library of Congress and European Parliament Library Sign Agreement
The Law Library of Congress and the European Parliament Library have agreed to form a formal relationship to exchange and share information and best practices to better serve library users. A memorandum of understanding was signed Feb. 21 at the Library of Congress by Law Librarian of Congress and Acting Deputy Librarian for Library Collections and Services Jane Sánchez and Secretary General of the...
February 25, 2019
Women's History Month Events at the Library of Congress
The Library of Congress will host several events throughout March that celebrate the contributions of women to American history and culture. All of the following events are free and open to the public.“Performing Black Womanhood” Saturday, March 2, 10 a.m. Hispanic Reading Room (LJ-240), Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St., S.E., Washington, D.C “Performing Black Womanhood” celebrates the intellectual and artistic lives of women...
American Archive of Public Broadcasting to Preserve 50 Years of Sesame Street for Posterity
As Sesame Street begins to mark its 50th anniversary, the American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB), a collaboration between the Library of Congress and the WGBH Educational Foundation, has announced that Sesame Workshop has donated a collection of digitized episodes from the past 50 years of Sesame Street, to be preserved for posterity. Over the next year, nearly 4,500 episodes from the first 49...
February 11, 2019
Librarian of Congress Names New Chief Copyright Royalty Judge and Interim Copyright Royalty Judge
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today announced her selection of Judge Jesse Feder as the new chief copyright royalty judge and head of the Copyright Royalty Board. Feder will be replacing Chief Judge Suzanne Barnett who, having served in the position since 2012, will retire from federal service effective February 16."I am pleased to appoint Judge Feder to this important position,” Hayden said. “We...
February 11, 2019
Library to Host Cherry Blossom Festival Events
In honor of the annual celebration of Japan’s 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees, the Library of Congress announced that it will host two cultural events during the 2019 National Cherry Blossom Festival, the nation’s most celebrated springtime festivity. Japanese Culture Day will kick off the Library’s daylong celebration on Saturday, March 23, with a trove of family activities, including music, dancing, lectures and...
February 6, 2019
Veterans History Project Launches New Online Exhibit on the GI Bill
The Library of Congress Veterans History Project (VHP) today launched, “The GI Bill: 75 Years of Opportunity,” an online “Experiencing War” website feature that explores the impact of the GI Bill on 15 veterans interviewed for the VHP collection.The Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944, signed into law on June 22, 1944, and colloquially known as the GI Bill, was a landmark piece of legislation...
February 6, 2019
Library of Congress Opens Applications for Librarians-in-Residence Program
The Library of Congress is accepting applications for its Librarians-in-Residence program to offer early career librarians the opportunity to develop their expertise and contribute to building, stewarding and sharing the institution’s vast collections. The application period is January 23 to February 22, 2019. The Library will select up to six applicants for a six-month residency beginning in July 2019. The program is open to...
February 4, 2019
Library Receives Major Grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
The Library of Congress announced today that it has received a $540,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to evaluate the physical health of the national collection of books in American research libraries and to guide their archive retention and preservation decisions. Since there currently is no objective formula to assess the condition of millions of books in the custody of the nation’s...
January 31, 2019
New Exhibition "Art in Action" Examines Socially-Engaged Art
A new exhibition, “Art in Action: Herblock and Fellow Artists Respond to Their Times,” pairs original drawings by editorial cartoonist Herblock with historical and contemporary artists’ prints, drawings and posters that respond to major issues from the 17th century to the present day. “Art in Action” opens at the Library of Congress on Jan. 31.As a political cartoonist for The Washington Post and other...
January 29, 2019
Semi-Annual Main Reading Room Open House on Presidents Day
Twice each year, the Library of Congress opens its magnificent Main Reading Room to share information about how the public can access the Library’s resources year-round. The Main Reading Room will be open to the public on the federal Presidents Day holiday, Monday, February 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Main Reading Room is located on the first floor of the Library’s...
January 28, 2019
Theatrical Readings and Panel Discussions Among Highlights of African-American History Month
The Library of Congress will host several events throughout February that celebrate African Americans and their contributions to the fabric of American culture and history. All of the following events are free and open to the public.“Conversation on the Omar Ibn Said Collection at the Library of Congress”Tuesday, February 5; 10 a.m.LJ-119, Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St., S.E., Washington, In celebration of the...
Spring Is Coming: Symposiums and Celebrations Highlight the Library's Event Calendar
This spring, the Library of Congress will bring you a host of events on a variety of topics. Concerts, lectures, film screenings, symposiums and special events all fill the public events calendar. Events will take place in the Thomas Jefferson Building (10 First Street S.E., Washington, D.C. 20540) or the James Madison Memorial Building (101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. 20540). Please note that...